Scottish runner collapses in Commonwealth marathon

Scottish runner collapses in Commonwealth marathon

British athletics stars attacked Commonwealth Games chiefs today after a distressed Callum Hawkins collapsed and was left stricken in the road during the men's marathon.

The 25-year-old Scotsman was physically unable to lift himself up off the ground for a significant amount of time.

Staggeringly, Hawkins had to wait several minutes before receiving medical attention, forcing organisers to defend their protocols.

"Callum Hawkins should be in an ambulance and he's lying flat on the road". He dropped three close pursuers in the 28th kilometre and by 35km had built up a lead of well over two minutes over Shelley.

Viewers watching the race on TV slammed Games organisers for their slow medical response with many horrified that fans took photos of the fallen runner.

"Ultimately these incredible athletes do run themselves to exhaustion and these rarely a marathon where someone isn't collapsing", he said.

"They are professionally positioned as they are for our Gold Coast marathon when we have 30,000 people running".

"We are offering every assistance possible to Callum and Team Scotland", he said. "I think it's disgraceful". "He needs help!" Lewis said.

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"I just tried to run a smart race and come through and in the end I managed to do it, but it was really tough".

Australia's Michael Shelley ran past the stricken leader, who by this point was being tended to, shortly after as the hometown athlete went on to triumph, with Hawkins' fellow Scot Robbie Simpson also passing him to take third on the line in a time of 2:19.36, nearly three minutes behind Shelley.

Hawkins was by no means the only athlete to suffer in the heat - Tanzania's Stephano Huche Gwandu was taken away in a wheelchair after taking a tumble as he crossed the finish line.

"GOLDOC can confirm that during the race, medical staff were posted at 500metre intervals in the final kilometres of the course all of which had radio communications", the release said. You would think he is clearheaded enough that if you can just keep going a bit longer he will get a gold medal. "The response of medical staff this morning was within agreed response guidelines and timeframes", said the statement. They might have just been trying to encourage me but then I saw him on the bridge and I was aware he was in trouble but I just tried to hang on.

"I was also concerned about the behaviour of a small number of bystanders who chose to take images".

"In competition, there are strict rules around accepting medical help and subsequent disqualification", he said. "This is not in keeping with the spirit of GC2018", he said.

"I kind of look up to Callum as being someone who has been there, at the World Championships, getting fourth place and having the Scottish record for the half marathon".

Seven of the 24 starters failed to finish and Northern Ireland's Paul Pollock was a late withdrawal due to a tarsal stress fracture he sustained last weekend.